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Questions - Migrating To Larger System Disk


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#1 bongo jerry

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 10:03 PM

PC is 2Ghz P4, 2Gb RAM. I want to migrate the current 40G drive to a larger 200GB drive. I have some questions:
1. Will a single partition 200Gb drive affect system performance?
2. If multiple partitions are best, should the paging be pointed at a separate partition? If so, how big should I make it?
3. Any recommendations for the imaging software? I was going to use MAXBlast.

Any suggestions to make the migration go smoothly?

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 11:45 PM

A single partition won't effect your performance, but there is an advantage to having two partitions. If you make a small partition of about 15GB for you OS and the remainder for files you will have the advantage of being able to reformat the OS partition if you ever have a problem without loosing any of your files.

Maxblast incorporates a OEM version of Acronis True Image which is a good program. Read and understand the instructions and you shouldn't have any problems.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 08:13 AM

Another advantage to having a "system partition" is that if you keep it sized about 15-20GB, it will reside mostly on the outside edges of the typical >80GB hard drive, where it spins faster and reads faster. A very slight advantage but it does help.

The Paging File should always be kept on the same partition as the system files. In a rare occasion, we change it to another drive only if the C: drive is getting too full.

You need to make certain your page file has been returned to the system partition (C: drive) before you do any imaging (transfer) between the drives, if you have previously moved it.

I use True Image as well as Ghost. Either works fine.

Good luck.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:46 AM

Thanks for the replies. A couple of further questions

Is there a guideline for setting the paging allocation? Or should I just follow the recommendation in Windows. Its recommending 3G of swap. Is that a maximum? If so, what should the minimum be?

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 01:56 PM

Unless there is an issue I would let Windows do its thing.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:01 PM

Unless there is an issue I would let Windows do its thing.


that's been the best thing to do since windows xp came out

I have tried some pretty heavy duty program combinations with only 512 megs of ram and never so much as a burp out of XP about memory.
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:37 PM

Will a single partition 200Gb drive affect system performance?

Any time you run a scan, defrag or run a disk utility it will get done quicker on a smaller partition. Plus if you have the OS on one partition and pictures, documents and music on the other, there's a better chance of not damaging them if the OS gets corruoted
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Edited by garmanma, 02 January 2008 - 02:40 PM.

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